I have become utterly obsessed with Mara Hoffman over the past few months. Seriously; she may very well be my favorite designer. It all started with the fiercest one-piece swimsuit that I saw on Instagram one day, but it was sold out everywhere online and I haven’t been able to find it since. (Although, I’ve seen a couple knockoffs at big-box stores.)
Then came this lovely dress that Sydney from Summer Wind featured on her blog, and as soon as I saw it I had to order it. The price was quite steep for a dress I knew was trendy, bold, and highly seasonal, but I knew even though I wouldn’t get much use on it, it was a beautiful, fun piece that would offer me style and confidence — and that’s a pretty darn good return on my investment.
Since then, I haven’t been able to let a Mara Hoffman piece slip through my finger tips. When I had a personal shopping trip recently and this tie-front midi dress was one of the pieces in my dressing room, I immediately knew I had to have it. The silhouette is form fitting and that’s usually something I avoid, because body-con fabrics leave nothing to the imagination. This is “bad” for two reasons: first, I think it can come off as being too sexy for casual environments, thus limiting the versatility I can get out of a super tight dress. But secondly, like many women I can be self-conscious about my body and there is nowhere to hide in a body-con dress!
Luckily, my secret desire that I would in fact feel confident in this dress came true, and it might just be my favorite piece in my closet for the upcoming summer.
This dress is very high quality, as it should be for its hefty price tag. The material is thick and sturdy, the pattern doesn’t get distorted even at super stretchy places like the hips, and the tie-front up top is adjustable to your own chest size. All in all, I love this dress and can’t wait to find places to wear it now that the weather is staying warm.
I’ve linked up more of my favorite Mara Hoffman pieces below, including the dress that I initially bought because of Sydney — which is now on major sale!!!
Who is your favorite designer at the moment?